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Within the United Nations framework of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, covering both commercial and government business processes that can foster growth in international trade and related services.  In this context, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established, as a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the UNECE Committee on Trade, mandated to develop a programme of work of global relevance to achieve improved worldwide coordination and cooperation in these areas.

Recent News

1 December 2016: Call for Participation: UN/CEFACT is pleased to announce the launching of a new project, Pipeline Data Carrier. Information in business transactions today often resides in fragmented business and government systems; it is often transmitted from actor to actor on the information supply chain, sometimes being altered or omitted. The Pipeline principle seeks to capture data at its source, store it on a pipeline and allow each actor to incrementally add the information which concerns their action without changing what has already been placed in the pipeline. This project will aim to create a guidance document on this principle, describe the business process and data requirements as well as creating a sample pipeline carrier XML schema established as a subset of a Multi-Modal Transport Reference Data Model. For more information, contact the Project Leader, David Roff.

1 December 2016: The project’s purpose is to provide project managers with a recommended framework to develop the high level design for traceability systems for regulated goods in international trade. The framework shall help stakeholders to develop the description of the planned traceability system including the definition of the traceable asset, the policy claim system will support, the starting and end point of the traced supply chain, and the rules and the audit mechanisms for the governance of the system. The project deliverables will be:

  • Trade Facilitation recommendation on an Framework to design traceability systems for Cross Border Trade
  • Guideline that explains the framework for use of decision makers.

Membership is open to experts with broad knowledge in one or more areas of preparing, planning, implementing and managing traceability systems in different areas of international trade, in particular but not limited to international transport, logistics and supply chain management, phytosanitary control, agriculture trade and risk management.  The project proposal, sign up information and other details. For more information contact the Project Manager Frans van Diepen

25 October 2016: Recommendation on Public-Private Partnerships in Trade Facilitation has been submitted today to the Heads of Delegation for intersessional approval by 25 December 2016.

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TFIG Training Workshop, 19 - 23 September 2016, Accra, Ghana

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